Ganesh Chaturthi is round the corner. 'Ganesh' or 'Ganesha', the elephant faced God is considered as 'Vigna Harna', the one who removes obstacles.
"The Ganesh Chaturthi festival is celebrated grandly in many States of India. Ganesh Chaturthi (also known as Vināyaka Chaturthi, Gaṇēśa Chaturthī or Vināyaka Cavithi) is the Hindu Festival celebrated in honour of the elephant-headed god. This is a very auspicious day celebrated to pray to the god so that every new activity that is started is successfully completed without any obstacles (Vighna = Obstacle).
Chaturthi (Hindi चतुर्थी) means "fourth day" or "fourth state". Celebrations are traditionally held on the fourth day of the first fortnight in the month of Bhadraapatra . Badrapad corresponds to Virgo (simha/avani-tamil) in solar calendar. The festival generally lasts ten days, ending on the fourteenth day of the fortnight.
The festival is celebrated by families at home, by people at their places of work and in public. The public celebration involves installing clay images of Ganesha in public pandals (temporary shrines) and group worship. At home, an appropriately-sized clay image is installed and worshipped with family and friends. At the end of the festival, the idols are immersed in a large body of water such as the sea, river or a lake. The clay idols disintegrate over time in the water" - Wikipedia.
Food is an integral part of all our festivals and Ganesh Chaturthi is incomplete without the 'Modaks' or the sweet dumplings.
Here is a compilation of all Vinayaka Chaturthi/Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes.
1. Modak/Kozhukattai ( with coconut-jaggery filling)
2. Dal Modak/Ullundu Kozhukattai ( with urad dal batter)
3. Ada Pradaman
4. Pidi Kozhukattai/Upma Kozhukattai
5. Ammini Kozhukattai /Mani Kozhukattai
6. Kombu Seedai/Arisi Paruppu Kozhukattai
7. Paal Kozhukattai/Mani Kozhukattai( sweet)
9. Poli/Puran Poli
10. Paal Poli/Chettinad Style Puri Payasam
12. Paruppu Vadai
13. Medhu Vadai
14. Paruppu Payasam
15. Aval kesari/poha kesari
16. Paal kesari/Milk Kesari
17. Rava Kesari
18. Godhumai Rava Payasam
19. Sabudana Payasam/Javvarisi Payasam
20. Boondi Laddoo/Laddu
21. Ellu Urundai/Sesame seeds laddu
22. Palgova/Theratipaal/Palkova ( 5 min microwave version)
24. Lemon Rice
25. Bagala Bath / Curd Rice
26. Puliodarai Podi
27. Mysore Pak
Wishing you all a blessed festival!
Happy Cooking !